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Old 25-10-2019, 06:12 PM   #2416
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I believe it is a google problem. Also got people complain in other forum in the web.
They recommend smart YouTube and i tried and it's able to detect hdr signal.

For my tv box, i enable hdr for the box and everything is in hdr. Able to select different type of hdr picture style

Had just bought a new Android tv. Still not use to Android tv setup. The play store has very little useful apps compare to normal play store which has full features.
it doesn't matter.

normal play store has nearly 3 million apps, but most of them are not for TV or TVbox .

most of the good video apps are nomally not in playstore.
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Old 26-10-2019, 01:21 PM   #2417
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Had just bought a new Android tv. Still not use to Android tv setup. The play store has very little useful apps compare to normal play store which has full features.
Depending on your usage pattern you may actually want to buy another Android TV box to complement the Android TV.

For example your Android TV may provide very good Netflix experiences and has Chromecast feature. You can use it for official apps from the Android TV version of the Google Play store.

Then you can get an S905X2/S905X3 based TV boxes for other apps, including apps from the mobile version of Google Play Store and side loading apps not available from Google.

You can of course side load apps to the smart TV running Android TV OS but then you may risk slowing down or even brick your expensive smart TV.
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Old 26-10-2019, 04:43 PM   #2418
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In terms of CPU performance, the following is a general trend.

Ref:
http://tvboxstop.com/tv-box-stop-2019-tv-box-ranking/

High end in 2019
Nvidia Tegra X1 > Amlogic S922X > Rockchip RK3399

Mid end in 2019
> Amlogic S905X3 > Amlogic S905X2 > Amlogic S912

Low end in 2019
> Allwinner H6
> Rockchip RK3328 = RK3318 = Amlogic S905X

Very low end in 2019
> Amlogic S905W > Rockchip RK3229

I used to recommend Tanix TX3 Max and TX3 Mini S905W 2GB/16GB box for the low end, they are still fine for 1080p streaming but the price may not be that attractive in Lazada/Shopee/Qoo10 or Gearbest.
https://www.gearbest.com/top-brands/brand/Tanix.html

Even the new lower end S905X3 box (2GB/16GB, 100M Ethernet, dual band WiFi, USB 3.0, USB 2.0) boxes become very cheap now.

Tanix TX3 S905X3 official version in Gearbest
https://m.gearbest.com/tv-box/pp_009...ml?wid=1433363

2GB/16GB US$34, 2.4G WiFi, no BT
4GB/32GB US$44, dual band WiFi and BT
4GB/64GB US$46, dual band WiFi and BT

It is actually cheaper than the S905X2 based Tanix TX5 Pro (4GB/32GB US$50).

And no point to buy TX3 Max S905W 2GB/16GB at US$40 and TX3 Mini S905W 2GB/16GB at US$26 in this case.

The previous S905X2 based TX5 Max has better feature like gigabit Ethernet and external antenna but the cost is higher. Tanix seems to drop it already.

Of course the above is to compare among generic Android TV boxes running the mobile version of Android OS.

In the sub-S$100 range, Mi Box S should still be considered as the best value box for most of the use cases. Amazon FireTV Stick 4K may be a very good value as well.

On the high end, Nvidia Shield TV (new version in 2019 or the older 2017 version) is still the King. It is above S$200 in general.

In the S$100 to S$200 range, Amazon FireTV Cube 2nd generation may be a good value as well if compared to those Amlogic S922X or Rockchip RK3399 based high end generic box.
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Old 27-10-2019, 12:01 PM   #2419
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S905X3 based box in Lazada, just a quick search

From the reviews it is better to wait for a while. But if you want to buy now, Beelink GT1 Mini 2 should be okay.

1) Beelink GT1 Mini 2, S$98 for the 4GB/64GB version

Initial review shows the FW has a few issues and the performance is actually worse than the S905X2 based GT1 Mini and GT1 Mini A. New FW should fix the issues gradually.

2) OEM version TX3, about S$50 for the 4GB/32GB version and S$55 for the 4GB/64GB version. It is better to buy official version from Gearbest

No review yet and not sure about the FW stability. So better to wait even for the official version from Gearbest

3) X96 Air, about S$55 for the 4GB/32GB version and S$60 for the 4GB/64GB version

Do not buy as the support will not be good
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Old 27-10-2019, 05:17 PM   #2420
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Has anybody tried the Android TV x86 v1.1.8 ?

Thinking of using a 4-core i5 Intel processor with 8GB ram and a 120GB ssd, gigabit Ethernet and Intel HD VGA to set up and try Android TV OR just Windows-10 with Kodi and a boot up Launcher app.

Any comments.
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Old 27-10-2019, 05:56 PM   #2421
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Has anybody tried the Android TV x86 v1.1.8 ?

Thinking of using a 4-core i5 Intel processor with 8GB ram and a 120GB ssd, gigabit Ethernet and Intel HD VGA to set up and try Android TV OR just Windows-10 with Kodi and a boot up Launcher app.

Any comments.
I do not see the point of running Android x86 where the app compatibility is a problem. For your configuration the PC will run Windows fine and you can use Kodi and many other apps under Windows. Or you can use the browser for web based apps.

HTPC is a different world than Android TV boxes. People go to Android TV boxes because they are more convenient, consume less power, and usually quiet (no fan needed) and of smaller form factors.
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Old 27-10-2019, 06:20 PM   #2422
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I do not see the point of running Android x86 where the app compatibility is a problem. For your configuration the PC will run Windows fine and you can use Kodi and many other apps under Windows. Or you can use the browser for web based apps.

HTPC is a different world than Android TV boxes. People go to Android TV boxes because they are more convenient, consume less power, and usually quiet (no fan needed) and of smaller form factors.
Yes, you are right but my android box S905X just don't give me that fluidity responses compared to Intel PCs. The Intel PC is a small form factor though at Dimensions 203 x 153.1 x 36.3 mm (WxHxD) <8" x 6" x 1.4"). Apps should not be a problem as the Playstore do have thousands of apps designed for TV format.

On the other hand if aet up with Windows 10 and Opera browsers, there is the VPN built-in which can choose Europe or US where it is possible to view Sports Live for example BWF French Open Live finals today at 1080P or soccer in Europe channels Live.
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Old 27-10-2019, 07:17 PM   #2423
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Just in case of confusion, I am asking about Android TV x86 and NOT Android x86. This Android TV is the same as the AndroidTV in Sony, Xiaomi, Shield, TCL, Hisense etc.

This Android TV software is derived from Google and adapted to x86 platform with a partition of ext-4.
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Old 27-10-2019, 07:21 PM   #2424
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Has anybody tried the Android TV x86 v1.1.8 ?

Thinking of using a 4-core i5 Intel processor with 8GB ram and a 120GB ssd, gigabit Ethernet and Intel HD VGA to set up and try Android TV OR just Windows-10 with Kodi and a boot up Launcher app.

Any comments.
yes, it is quite good. I have tested it on a 10-year-old pc with core2-duo/2GB RAM, it is running faster than tv box with S905X chipset

it should do very well with your configuration.

the problem with x86 android is not all apps in playstore can be run because some of them are compiled for arm only. If installed from playstore, playstore will inform you whether it is compatible.

for sideloaded apps, especially chinese apps, the problem is more severe.

good news is , most of the good apps I used are compatible, and there is a version of x86 kodi.
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Old 27-10-2019, 07:24 PM   #2425
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yes, it is quite good. I have tested it on a 10-year-old pc with core2-duo/2GB RAM, it is running faster than tv box with S905X chipset

it should do very well with your configuration.

the problem with x86 android is not all apps in playstore can be run because some of them are compiled for arm only. If installed from playstore, playstore will inform you whether it is compatible.

for sideloaded apps, especially chinese apps, the problem is more severe.

good news is , most of the good apps I used are compatible, and there is a version of x86 kodi.
Much thanks for your input. Would it be too much to ask if you can try out Opera browser with the VPN function. Thanks.
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Old 27-10-2019, 11:07 PM   #2426
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Much thanks for your input. Would it be too much to ask if you can try out Opera browser with the VPN function. Thanks.
working well.
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working well.
Thank you. That seal the deal
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Old 28-10-2019, 10:43 AM   #2428
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Best Android TV boxes 2019 from Android Authority. Only for reference

https://www.androidauthority.com/bes...box-2-1021123/

1. Nvidia Shield TV
2. Xiaomi Mi Box S
3. Skystream Three Plus (expensive, seems to be a custom version of the cheap box, not recommended).
4. Walmart Ematic Jetstream 4K

Best alternative
5. Amazon FireTV Stick 4k
6. Google Chromecast
7. Roku Streaming Stick Plus
8. Apple TV

In the Singapore context, 1, 2, 5, 6 and 8 are more applicable. 3 and 4 are not recommended in Singapore. 7 is also less useful in Singapore even though it is very good in US.
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Old 28-10-2019, 10:59 AM   #2429
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For generic boxes, S905X2 boxes are still good choice even though S905X3 boxes are out.

Some boxes to be considered (quick search from Lazada)

Beelink GT1 Mini (good review and good support)
https://androidpctv.com/review-beelink-gt1-mini/

Magicsee N5 Max

Mecool KM3 ATV Google certified but not Netflix certified
https://androidpctv.com/review-mecool-km3-opinion/

Mecool KM9 Pro ATV Google certified but not Netflix certified
https://androidpctv.com/review-mecool-km9-pro-opinion/

There are also OEM version of Tanix TX5 Max and TX5 Pro (without Tanix logo), but based on the feedbacks here, the quality may not be as good as the official Tanix version. The official version of Tanix TX5 Max is not available now and they are pushing TX5 Pro only (no external antenna, no Gigabit Ethernet).

There are also popular generic brand like H96 Max X2 and X96 Max but better not buy since the quality may vary and the support may not be good.
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Old 28-10-2019, 06:17 PM   #2430
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Hehe, the user is me, my TX5 Max (OEM) failed less than 3 months after buying it; still has problem flashing.

However, I bought a X96 mini 2/16GB for $28.12. So far it's working just as well as my TX5 Max for toggle and VOD (I don't game but use it daily).

It's about 1/3 of the price of a Mi Box S so if it last long enough, it's actually quite worth it .
For generic boxes, S905X2 boxes are still good choice even though S905X3 boxes are out.

Some boxes to be considered (quick search from Lazada)

Beelink GT1 Mini (good review and good support)
https://androidpctv.com/review-beelink-gt1-mini/

Magicsee N5 Max

Mecool KM3 ATV Google certified but not Netflix certified
https://androidpctv.com/review-mecool-km3-opinion/

Mecool KM9 Pro ATV Google certified but not Netflix certified
https://androidpctv.com/review-mecool-km9-pro-opinion/

There are also OEM version of Tanix TX5 Max and TX5 Pro (without Tanix logo), but based on the feedbacks here, the quality may not be as good as the official Tanix version. The official version of Tanix TX5 Max is not available now and they are pushing TX5 Pro only (no external antenna, no Gigabit Ethernet).

There are also popular generic brand like H96 Max X2 and X96 Max but better not buy since the quality may vary and the support may not be good.
Hi Xiaofan,

It's good to see that you're still here offering good advice.

BTW, the X96 mini I bought have officially outlive my TX5 Max. Frankly, the 2/16GB X96 mini is quite good.
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